MLB playoffs: Astros slug three homers off Yankees bullpen, take ALCS Game 1 behind Justin Verlander gem.

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The Astros walloped three home runs off the Yankees bullpen 

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and Justin Verlander clicked into Cy Young form as Houston seized Game 1 of the ALCS, 4-2.

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After an early exchange of runs, the teams entered the bottom of the sixth tied at one. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone had already walked a tightrope in the fifth,

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with reliever Clarke Schmidt getting a double play to escape a jam after Boone left starter Jameson 

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Taillon in to begin facing the Astros lineup a third time. 

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Allowing Schmidt to come back out for the sixth proved too much. 

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Yuli Gurriel and Chas McCormick each belted solo homers to build an Astros lead.

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An Anthony Rizzo homer threatened to spark a Yankees comeback in the eighth, 

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but Houston manager Dusty Baker called on closer Ryan Pressly, 

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